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Living in a Greenhouse Surrounded by Food!
07-15-2014, 04:51 AM (This post was last modified: 08-24-2016 03:45 PM by Thinker.)
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Living in a Greenhouse Surrounded by Food!
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"Five Sustainable Eco Building Techniques Provide Natural Holistic Living Environments"

Natural building, or eco building, involves the construction of wood ovens, shelters, barns, and even entire houses using sustainable materials and traditional building methods. While it has seen a recent surge in popularity and is seen as a ‘novel’ building method by many, natural building actually dates back to prehistoric times, and incorporates the same materials used in the construction of the oldest shelters that are in existence today.
http://www.jbbardot.com/five-sustainable...ironments/

BRINGING IT HOME: Industrial Hemp Solutions

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08-30-2015, 10:30 PM
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NorCal self-reliant half-acre homestead
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At 80 years old, Lloyd Kahn is an icon of alternative housing. In the seventies he was a poster child of the geodesic dome (he published Domebook One and Two and he and his dome home were featured in Life magazine).

He got his start in publishing when Stewart Brand made him the shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. The book that put him on the map as a publisher was “Shelter”, an international survey of alternative housing that he continues to sell over 4 decades later.

Kahn’s enthusiasm for shelter extends to “building every place I’ve ever lived”, including his current home which started as a dome and is now a more traditional shelter capped by a 30-foot-tall hexagonal tower (the only remnant of the dome).

His home is only a small part of his half-acre homestead where he and his wife Lesley Creed believe in doing things for yourself, when possible. Besides tending the organic gardens (and dozens of free-range chickens), Creed is a natural dyer, quilter, sourdough bread-maker and believer in the “value of actually working, not just trying to figure out how not to work”.

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09-25-2015, 06:22 PM
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Simple Log Cabin- Built for $500- No Permit Required
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In this episode, I visit the Log Cabin after a year of being away. I discuss how I built the cabin for $500, and without needing a permit.

This Tiny House/Cabin was made from FREE Pallets!

22 year old (and 18 year old) built this off-grid cabin/tiny house in Vermont

Mortgage Free for Life. Inspiring women shows how to build a log cabin by hand.

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04-24-2016, 09:26 PM
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NET-ZERO ENERGY SOLAR POWERED HOME POPS UP IN THREE DAYS
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If you aren’t yet sold on factory-built housing, the gorgeous prefab Unity home may have what it takes to change your mind. Unveiled as this year’s Greenbuild demonstration project, this affordable net-zero home can pop up in less than three days, but is designed to last centuries.

Most impressively, the Unity home is a beacon for sustainable design: the prefab dwelling is built to LEED v4 Platinum and net zero-energy standards and is outfitted with the largest collection of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified building products ever used in a residential project.

Constructed by Unity Homes in collaboration with BUILDER magazine and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home was fully constructed at Unity’s New Hampshire-based factory over the course of five weeks and assembled on the Expo floor in just three days.

The 1,620-square-foot net-zero-ready house is based off of Unity’s contemporary Zūm model and comprises a system of prefab pods and panels including sheathing, wiring, insulation, and finishes. Affordability was key to the Unity Home design. The house is currently priced to about $150 per square foot and could drop below $140 per square foot in 2016.

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To meet its ambitious net-zero energy targets, the Unity home features over a dozen state-of-the-art C2C-certified products, from the Naturepedic mattresses to the Icestone countertops. The most surprising C2C product was the SunPower solar panels—the first and only solar panels to receive C2C certification—made from non-hazardous materials and equipped with an energy meter and app.

“The number and different types of products in the Unity home shows that every aspect of your environment can be cradle to cradle,” says C2C’s Built Environment VP Stacy Glass. C2C-certified Shaw carpets line the interior (as well as the Greenbuild Expo floors).
(Stucco it with hemp and then you really have the green home!) Video:
http://www.globalpossibilities.org/net-z...hree-days/

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08-24-2016, 04:02 PM
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A Naturhus [Eng: Nature House] combines biological and physical principles into an organism living in symbiosis with inhabitants and nature. Small ecological footprint, non-toxic building materials, energy efficiency through climate envelopes, nutrient recovery from waste water, efficient organic food production and an inspiring living space are our success factors.


Garden shop owners Thomas and Monika Till live and work amidst palms, ponds, and roses – thereby fulfilling their dream of living in nature. The price they pay is little privacy and hot summer days.

SPECIAL Living in a glass house Martin Schuth made a dream come true

Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather

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